Telomere Diet and Cookbook

My latest book is now available!

HOW WHAT YOU EAT CAN LEAD TO A LONGER, HAPPIER LIFE While some enjoy extremely active and healthy lives as they age, others spend years of their life burdened by heart disease, dementia, and other age-related diseases. Until recently, this was often chalked up to luck or “good genes.” But fascinating new research has emerged since the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to a team of scientists for uncovering how telomeres protect chromosomes. It suggests that telomeres are directly linked to aging. Telomeres, when protected, can lead to a longer, happier life.

Fortunately, one of the key components to protecting your telomeres is a balanced diet. The Telomere Diet and Cookbook is the first book to offer an easy-to-read, targeted overview of telomeres and nutrition. Including detailed meal plans and shopping lists, this book offers a simple step-by-step starter program and more than 75 delicious recipes.

“This book is for people who are interested in natural ways to age successfully through healthy lifestyle choices,” says the author, Maggie Moon, MS, RD. “It’s never too early – or too late – to age successfully. After all, healthy aging is a lifelong process.”

The Telomere Diet and Cookbook is a practical, evidence-based guide to living more years in good health, by way of the kitchen. This book explains the best available science on the intersection of telomeres and how the way we eat, sleep, respond to stress, and interact with others may impact how we age. Everyday habits can accelerate or slow down aging.

The result is a plant-based, but not plant-exclusive, eating pattern based on a variety of wholesome foods such as vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, seafood, whole grains, tea, and more.

Most importantly, this book provides practical tips and tools to apply the research findings to everyday life. Readers can expect meal plans and shopping lists, including when it’s OK to seek out supplements, as well as specific guidance on exercise, stress reduction, and healthy sleep. The book is organized so that a reader may skip right to the action plan, but also makes it easy to find the science.

All the great-tasting, inflammation-busting, antioxidant-rich recipes one needs to get started are included. The book features recipes for breakfasts, entrées, snacks, sides, desserts, and drinks including familiar comfort foods as well as dishes inspired by global cuisines and healthy eating trends for modern variety. Thankfully, on-trend does not mean fussy: the recipes have the home cook in mind and are designed to maximize flavor and minimize effort.

“Aging successfully is a privilege, but it shouldn’t be,” says Moon. “Everyone should have access to the know-how and skills for a long healthspan. I’m proud to share ways that everyday activities like eating, sleeping, exercising and being kind to yourself and others can help.”

Packed with recipes that maximize the latest Telomere research, dishes include:

• Mason Jar Overnight Oats 
• Berry Zinger Smoothie Bowl 
• Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup 
• Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers 
• Sheet Pan Salmon

Get The Telomere Diet and Cookbook (Ulysses Press, 09/2019)


“I love all of Maggie Moon’s books…they are all so well-researched, yet easy to understand. In this book, I especially love the ‘Four-Week Jump-Start Telomere Health Plan’ (Ch 4) because it helps put the science into an actionable plan that I can start following right away. And the recipes are amazing! Some of my favorites so far are the Watermelon Salad and Roasted Carrot Sandwich…so yummy! Overall, I’m so happy with my purchase and would highly recommend.”

Amazon review

“As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I was so excited to learn about Maggie Moon’s latest book and the emphasis on a food forward approach to living a longer, healthier life. Taking a complicated topic and putting it into digestible information, Maggie does a wonderful job communicating the science and how to proactively stop aging with food. Her recipes are delicious and well thought out. A great purchase for friends and family alike!”

-Amazon review

“As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I appreciate Maggie Moon’s latest science-backed book to help proactively stop aging with food. The recipes are delicious and the information is easy to understand and incorporate on a daily basis. A book I highly recommend to my clients and friends!”

– Amazon review

“I really enjoyed this book by dietitian Maggie Moon. From her review of telomere science to factors that influence the aging process/telomeres and then some really helpful nutrition information, she explores so many aspects of longevity in an approachable way. Her jumpstart guide is very actionable and the recipes are simple and easy to make. Highly recommend!”

– Amazon review